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Motherwell Study Club - 27 September 2018

To Socket Shield or Not to Socket Shield… That is the Question!

Presented by: Zaki Kanaan
Exhibitors: Trycare, Megagen Implants (UK) Ltd, Southern Implants UK, DENTSPLY Implants UK & Ireland
Date: 27 September 2018
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: Dakota Hotel Eurocentral, 1-3 Parklands Avenue, Motherwell, Nr Glasgow, ML1 4WQ

Single tooth implants in the aesthetic zone are amongst the most challenging cases to execute well. Attention to detail is paramount for predictable, long-term success. Once upon a time an integrated implant was deemed a success and it was enough that an implant remained integrated. This is not the case nowadays with aesthetically aware patients not only wanting the implant to remain integrated but also for the soft and hard tissue architecture to remain as they did before the tooth was extracted. Many techniques are employed to maintain and mimic nature, such as GBR and soft tissue grafts. Once integrated, provisional restorations are then utilised to tissue 'train' soft tissues for an ideal emergence profile and a predictable aesthetic outcome. It is far easier however, to support and maintain the soft and hard tissue architecture from the day of extraction whether the implant is placed immediately or not.

This presentation will outline some innovative techniques and outside the box thinking to help maintain the aesthetic zone architecture from day 1, highlighting the importance of pre- and peri-implant provisionalisation. Several cases will be shown, including partial extraction therapies and socket shield. It will ultimately demonstrate that immediate implants in the aesthetic zone can be a predictable technique when strict protocols and techniques are adhered to.


Zaki is a highly experienced and respected implant and cosmetic dentist and is well known in the dental community. He is the past President of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and sits on the Board of directors of the Association of Dental Implantology. He features prominently on the lecture circuit lecturing on all aspects of cosmetic dentistry with a special interest in dental implants, where he has achieved a Masters Degree from Guy’s Hospital in 2001. He also has a Diploma in Sedation, a Diploma in Hypnosis and is a Licenciate of the Faculty of Homeopathy.

Through his expertise in all aspects of tooth whitening, he has been a Key Opinion Leader for Philips Oral Healthcare for several years. After being voted 2nd in Private Dentistry’s poll of the top 20 Elite Dentists in the UK in 2011 and 2012, he topped the poll in 2013 and 2014. He was also judged by his peers as ‘UK Dentist of the Year’ at the Dental Awards in 2012 and was awarded the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Private Dentistry at The Private Dentistry Awards in London in 2015. He is a Past President of The London Dental Fellowship and sits on the editorial board for The International Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry and Dentaltown UK. He has also appeared on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies programme carrying out complex implant treatments and was the first dentist in the UK to carry out the All-on-4 technique on TV.

Zaki runs the London Implant Academy with 2 colleagues, a 1 year practical implant course and is Director of K2 Dental Seminars, where he has trained hundreds of dentists, hygienists and therapists in the art and science of teeth whitening techniques. He works at several prestigious dental clinics in central London and also runs K2 Dental, a private practice in the heart of London’s Fulham Palace with his wife Dominique, also a dentist.

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Dr Sam Elassar